January 29th, 2019

What’s Stopping You?

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Follow these simple tips to success

New habits can be hard to implement. We understand how the mind will often fight against a change in behaviour and throw roadblocks in your way.

If you have found it difficult to make meditation part of your daily routine a few simple tweaks in your outlook and attitude could be the solution. Let’s dismantle the most common excuses that can derail your new meditation practice.

I can’t find the time

It’s easy to fall into the trap of perfectionism. Your meditation time is your personal mental wellbeing practice. It doesn’t need to be hours long, or even uninterrupted. The most important thing is that you commit to regular sessions of checking in with yourself.

If you can’t find a big block of time, devote two smaller chunks daily or make your meditation part of another non-negotiable routine like bedtime or before meals to make it easier to schedule. Remember that with constant and repeated practice you will progress. Aim for progress, not perfection.

I can’t focus

Don’t be so hard on yourself if you find your mind wandering when you try to meditate. This is totally normal. You may even find that you drop off to sleep. This is OK. Your body is telling you what it needs, listen.

You may find it helps to listen to the same piece of relaxing music each time to signal to your mind and body that it is time to relax. A guided meditation where you are walked through each step by a soothing voice can also help you to tap into that inner well of peace and stillness.

I don’t have a place to meditate

If you share your home with others or live in a small space you might think you don’t have a relaxing spot to practice your daily meditation. However, all you need is a chair or a space to lie down. Then simply close your eyes and transport yourself anywhere that your mind can conjure. If noise is a problem pop on a pair of headphones and try to practice when other people are out or asleep.

I am not a spiritual person

Although many people find meditation to be a spiritual or even religious experience, belief in a particular doctrine is not a prerequisite. Meditation is time to focus on yourself, on your feelings and thoughts and to build emotional resiliency and strength to cope with whatever the world throws at you.

You can make a positive change to connect with your mind and body daily and achieve a deeper state of mindful self-awareness.